Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.

Leaves broadly oblanceolate to lanceolate, 120-150 cm long, 7-16 cm wide, glossy green; margin toothless or with teeth in lower half only, teeth 7-8 mm long, 1.5-6 cm apart, reddish-brown; terminal spine 5 mm long. Inflorescence 6-10 m high. Flowers 3.5-4 cm long, 4-4.5 cm wide. Syn. F. gigantea Vent.

Costa Rica.

Originally introduced in the 1840s and trialled for fibre production in NSW and Qld. Commonly seen in old gardens, roadcuttings and as a weed of vacant land.

F. bedinghausii Koch is occasionally also encountered in temperate areas and botanic gardens.

Source: Forster, P. (2005). Agavaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
genus        Furcraea Vent.